Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act II, what does Elyot tell Amanda they must do?

2. After the triple use of the code, what do Amanda and Elyot do together?

3. What appears to have been a contributing factor to Elyot and Amanda's jealousy during their marriage?

4. According to Elyot, what will fade, along with his and Amanda's passion?

5. At the very end of the second act, where are Amanda and Elyot?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

2. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

3. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

4. What are Amanda's beliefs?

5. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

6. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

7. Why does Amanda call out "triple Sollocks?"

8. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

9. At the end of Act II, why does Elyot calling "Sollocks" not work?

10. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Amanda declares to Victor that, "Chance rules my life." What does she mean by that? What does she do throughout the play that requires taking a chance? Using specific examples and actions from the text, argue whether Amanda really means what she says and, if so, how chance plays a part in the plot and her character development.

Essay Topic 2

"Private Lives" is known for sharp, witty dialogue. What role does the dialogue play in this story? How does it add to the plot, humor, and character development?

Essay Topic 3

Could there be any social repercussions from having domestic violence shown in an amusing light? What would happen if Elyot slapping Amanda did not lead to humorous results? How is a woman being slapped funny in this context? If you do not find it funny, then what would realistically happen if Amanda and Elyot were to really fight that way? Is it ever alright to use this for comedy? You may cite examples from other movies, plays, or books to support your answer, but make sure to use it alongside the text of the play.

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